15 November 2015

Doha, Qatar – Katara Hospitality, the global hotel developer, owner and operator based in Qatar, has been awarded certification by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification System (ISCC EU) for its efforts in reducing its organisational carbon footprint in an initiative that recycles cooking oil to produce renewable energy.

Katara Hospitality hotels in Qatar including Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz Carlton Hotel, Somerset West Bay Doha, Mövenpick Hotel Doha and Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, are actively recycling their used cooking oil for biofuel production in a process approved by the European Commission. This practice is recognised by the ISCC as one that contributes to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, protection of natural biospheres, sustainable land use and social responsibility. Katara Hospitality works closely with GBO, the only ISCC certified company in Qatar approved to collect and recycle oil safely according to “Green Restaurants” standards.

The production of renewable energy is high on the agenda for many hospitality organizations embarking on socially responsible initiatives. “As human activity increases across the globe, it is the duty of every noble citizen and organization to employ initiatives that reduce the impact of GHG emissions,” said Chief Executive Officer of Katara Hospitality. “We are honoured to be awarded this certification as it symbolises our continued commitment to reducing the impacts of global warming and our corporate efforts towards environmental preservation” he said.

Katara Hospitality has in place a broadly integrated approach to corporate social responsibility, with keen focus on environmental issues and sustainable development in the tourism sector. Particularly where energy conservation is concerned, Katara Hospitality is actively evaluating and continually improving upon its processes for reducing energy and water consumption within its hotels and resorts. Recycling used cooking oil from food and beverage outlets is a noteworthy exercise by which Katara Hospitality employs sustainable hospitality focus and innovative technologies that promote environmentally friendly practices.